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reverse engineering

a situation where a firm obtains a competitor's product so as to disassemble it and from the resultant component analysis decide how to build a similar product.
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When the solution being reverse-engineered is a third-party vendor-packaged solution, then the data architect evaluating the raw details from the reverse-engineering tool needs to tread cautiously through the evidence.
"We realized that instead of trying to reverse-engineer natural networks, we could couple engineering techniques with molecular biology to create cells that we could analyze.
Referring sarcastically to a "wonder engineer" at Castle, Eck added, "You've got a firm with no experience in graphic arts equipment, not any, and in less than two months they reverse-engineer [the press]?
TEHRAN (FNA)- US and British spy agencies worked together to reverse-engineer antivirus software made by the likes of Kaspersky Lab.
"Our next action will be to reverse-engineer the aircraft," The Telegraph quoted Sorouri, as saying.
Much of my job was to reverse-engineer products of major national brands.
They used computer-aided measurement technology to essentially reverse-engineer the master physical surface.
To get the look just right, PML employees reverse-engineer the original part, Tolin said.
reverse-engineered product must not infringe on the copyright of the
Organized into relatively short chapters, covering the history and the methods of reverse engineering, failure analysis, forensic engineering and heuristic processes to deduce or infer the role, purpose, and functionality of a system to be reverse-engineered, it is full of problems, examples, methodological tips, and insights gained by the many years of experience in solving engineering problems that the author brings to the table.